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George Best Community Cup Takes Place as Soccer Centre of Excellence

George Best Community Cup Takes Place as Soccer Centre of Excellence

July 3, 2017

The Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence in Dundonald recently hosted the annual George Best Community Cup, the biggest Disability Football Tournament in the UK.

This annual tournament is run by the Irish Football Association (IFA) and supported by the George Best Foundation and Cash for Kids through the Mary Peters Trust.  It has taken place at the Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence since 2005. 

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, visiting the tournament, said: “This year 72 five-a-side teams took part across the four ability bands which are for differing levels of disabilities.  The ability and team spirit of all the participants was amazing and made for a fabulous and close to call competition.  Over 300 games took place on the 12 pitches with all the participants giving their all throughout the tournament. 

“It was great to see so many clubs with male, female and mixed gender teams from across the UK taking part.  I would like to thank the IFA for arranging this tournament in the Lisburn Castlereagh area.  We hope that everyone enjoyed their stay and the Council facilities at the Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence.  Congratulations to all the players, their coaches and the volunteers who made this a memorable tournament for everyone.”